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USNS Yukon (T-AO 202)

- Military Sealift Command -

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USNS YUKON is the 16th ship in a class of 18 underway replenishment oilers. This class was specially built for the MSC.

General Characteristics:Awarded: October 6, 1988
Keel laid: May 13, 1991
Launched: February 6, 1993
MSC "in service": March 25, 1994
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, LA
Propulsion system: two Colt-Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V 570 diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 677 feet (203 meters)
Beam: 97 feet (29.6 meters)
Draft: 35 feet (10.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 40,700 tons
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 180,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel and eight 20-feet containers refrigerated
Refueling stations: five
Aircraft: none, but helicopter deck
Armament: none
Crew: 82 civilian crew (18 officers); 21 Navy (1 officer)
Fleet: Pacific (Homeport: Pearl Harbor, HI.)

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS YUKON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USNS YUKON:

February 27, 2000Dubai
While entering the port of Dubai in the Middle East, YUKON collided with a smaller civilian cargo ship. The results of an investigation into the incident have not been made public.
July 13, 2000180 miles west of Hawaii
During a replenishment operation at sea the YUKON collided with the amphibious transport dock DENVER (LPD 9).

After the collision some experts warned of a phenomenon called the "Venturi Effect,'' in which a powerful suction is created near the stern area of one ship that can pull in an overtaking vessel at close quarters, causing a collision.

YUKON suffered major damage, including several large holes and dents above the water line on the starboard quarter of the vessel and DENVER suffered a gaping 40-foot hole in the bow from the second deck to the waterline. No one was injured, and there were no fuel leaks.

Following the collision both ships pulled into the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for repairs. YUKON underwent structural repairs at Pearl Harbor and transited to San Francisco for further repairs at the same time as her scheduled routine overhaul.

In January 2001, USNS YUKON rejoined the fleet. The investigation into the accident found USS DENVER responsible.

The damage on USNS YUKON can be seen on the photos below.

May 16, 2012120 miles west of San Diego, Calif.
USS ESSEX (LHD 2) collides with the YUKON during an underway replenishment off southern California. The collision happened approx. 9:20 am after a steerage malfunction aboard ESSEX. Both ships received only minor damage and no injuries were reported. ESSEX's starboard aircraft elevator was scraped and dented and parts of the railing and catwalks were damaged. YUKON suffered structural damage to her flight deck, lifeboats and davits.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the YUKON at Point Loma, Calif., on March 10, 2008.

The photos below were taken by me and show the YUKON at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on September 29, 2011.

The photos below were taken by me and show the YUKON arriving at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on May 8, 2012. The last three photos show her moored there on May 11, 2012.

The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the YUKON at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on December 27, 2014.

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